Travel like LHD - city guides for Laure's favorite destinations


We travel with LHD to some of our favorite cities and share with you a guide to all our favorite spots:
where to stay, eat, shop & explore.


Do not miss a Summer weekend in St. Tropez. The Hotel de Paris Saint Tropez, with chic interiors that play homage to Matisse and Bonnard, is the place to stay. We visit the Clarins Spa after a day in the sun. Pick your beach and stay the full day, St. Tropez beach life is a daytime party. We pick Pampelonne in Ramatuelle where we can have breakfast and lunch in the sand at iconic Le Club 55. Leaving the beach means exploring the seaside village and it’s famous citadels and stopping at authentic local sandal shop Rondini for summer essentials. On Tuesdays and Saturdays eat your way through the Place des Lices Market, an open air square full of breads, pastries, cheeses, flowers, fruits and vegetables. At night, rent a Vespa and head to dinner at the fisherman owned Le Sporting or Senequier, followed by strawberry sweets from La Tarte Tropezienne or gelato from Barbarac.


Miami means sunshine and sand filled days and celebratory dinners alfresco. When in Miami we stay at The Standard which is equally a place to be seen and a relaxing escape. Mornings at The Standard mean a swim overlooking the bay and a spa treatment at The Standard Spa. A fresh and healthy lunch from Pura Vida fuels the day before exploring the works at both The Bass Museum, The Rubell Collection and the UM Art Gallery. Miami nights revolve around dinner with friends at The Soho Beach House, Swan, Le Sirenuse at The Surf Club or South Beach’s iconic Casa Tua. For the best sushi in town, Makato in Bal Habour after a visit to The Webster at Bal Harbor shops. In need of a sweet? Sneak in a trip to the very fun and sugar laden Happy Place Donuts or for an Eastern European style afternoon snack Zak the Baker. Miami has no shortage of palm trees, but for a little more greenery we love Plant the Future for unique plants with an artistic twist. Books & Books is the local resource for stocking up on beach reads.


Careyes is a well-kept secret, but once you book your stay on the enclave on the coast of Mexico, everything you could need is within reach. Costa Careyes has villas and casitas for rent as well as private residences and many at The El Careyes Club & Residences have their own pools. We choose the iconic sunshine inspired Ocean Castle Sol de Oriente. We love Careyes for of course naturally for its picture-perfect weather, endless beaches and lush untouched landscapes but it also was developed with a foundation of art and community. Large-scale art installations pepper the island, don’t miss The Copa del Sol set on top of a cliff overlooking Playa Teopa or visiting ?! Careyes Foundation, an integral part of the art community. Visit during the Arte de Careyes film and art festival in April for true immersion into Careyes’s bohemian energy. Playa Rosa, our lunch spot, overlooks the ocean and is the first restaurant opened in Careyes in the 70s. Taking part in the Careyes Foundation’s sea turtle release is a rewarding way to make a difference during your stay. Smoothies (or ice cream!) from La Coscolina cool off hot Mexican afternoons. Pueblo 25 is an intimate and extraordinary culinary experience, the spot for a very special dinner. With no menu, your meal truly is the catch of the day.


Houston’s growing restaurant and art scene make every visit. When staying a few days, nothing beats the old school charm of The St. Regis Houston or the new Post Oak Hotel which has its own Assouline designed library. Vibrant has the healthiest breakfasts, and the best take on avocado toast in town. Scouting for antique furniture at Lynn Good Vintage we are inspired by finds by Frank Lloyd Wright, Herman Miller, Adrian Pearsall, Charlotte Perriand and Mies van der Rohe. For lunch, the place to eat is Brasserie 19 or La Table. After lunch, The Menil Collection and its extraordinary collection of contemporary art is a can’t miss and includes a stop at the Cy Twombly Gallery. Dinner at The Prime Room at Cafe Annie never disappoints and the new terrace at Fig & Olive is a convenient stop after shopping at The Webster at The Galleria. Looking to send flowers? David Brown Flowers are the exceptional choice for any occasion. Hibiscus Linens is a beautiful boutique for hand embroidered linens, the best stop for a customized gift. Steel City Pops is the place for a healthier take on ice pops, we recommend the Paleo Chocolate Pop.


Summer in Corsica, in Bonifacio and beyond, is a laid-back mix of The Mediterranean, rustic farmland, exotic cliffs and charming seaside towns. U Capu Biancu is a beautiful resort with two private beaches and its own wine and cheese cellar. We also love Hotel des Pecheurs, on the island of Cavallo because of its natural marine reserve and Murtoli which is the epitome of laid back seaside Corsican charm, and worth a visit to the beach if not for a stay. Folaca Beach, which is quiet and more locals only than touristy is our pick for a day in the sand. For lunch Maora Beach is a beautiful way to eat local fish by the seaside or in town. L’Auberge Corse is a magical experience that can be followed by taking the scenic King Aragon steps from the town to the seaside. Exploring the Lavezzi Islands is an adventurous day trip and the most authentic way to experience the local landscapes. A ride on the Le Petit Train is a must. Dinner at Stella d'Oro, most frequently called Chez Jules, is like eating at home. Run by a grandmother and her granddaughters, it is a super special experience.


Paris, of course! A stay at The Ritz Paris is worth the investment and an experience you’ll never forget, plus it hosts The Bar Hemingway with cocktails like no other. We also love the new and noteworthy Hotel Lutetia. Breakfast at Cafe de Flore is quintessentially french chic and the best way to start the day. When in Paris we indulge in a day of beauty at David Mallet’s flagship as well as a famous facial at the Institute Darphin Spa. Lunch is a visit to Holiday Cafe and often a croquet demoiselle. Until The Webster makes it to Paris we love to visit Le Bon Marche and to see LHD sharing the floor with some of our favorite designers. It's a treat to return with beauty products from any of Paris’s pharmacies but CityPharma is Paris’s best kept beauty secret. Diet Kate Cafe is a like a secret nutrition oasis in the basement of a mansion and a must-stop for a healthy snack, order the Pan Bagnat. We wouldn’t miss a walk through Musee de Louvre or Musee des Arts Decoratifs. Dinner at Caviar Kaspia is a must, along with any meal with friends at L’Ami Louis, Belle Epoque and Hotel Grand Amour.

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